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Kia Rio takes to the streets this month

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Kia's new small car, the Rio (pictured below), goes on sale on July 30, enhancing its range of what it calls affordable, no-nonsense, high quality vehicles.

The Rio 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre hatchback will sit below the Shuma 1.6 hatch in the range. Prices for the new Astra/Focus competitor will start at £5,995, equipped with driver's airbag, height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, body coloured bumpers and 60:40 split folding rear seats. It is available in one colour, Cherry Red.

The 1.3L at £6,895 adds power steering, tilt adjustable steering, RDS radio/cassette, rear wash/wipe and load area cover. The 1.3LX at £7,645 for manual and £8,395 for the auto, includes ABS, central door locking, electric front windows and mirrors, height adjustable driver's seat and 14-inch wheels.

The top of the range 1.5SE priced at £8,995, comes with air con, alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, leather steering wheel and gear knob and ABS. Auto transmission is available on the 1.3LX and 1.5SE for an additional £750.

The 1.5 Rio is in insurance group 3. It has a combined fuel consumption figure of 38.7mpg. The 1.3's figure is 39.8mpg.

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